Balance of power shifting among Argentina’s political parties

Argentina is set to hold run-off elections next month after close results in the latest election cycle. The winner will succeed Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as Argentina’s president. Cornell University government professor and Latin American politics expert Kenneth Roberts says after 12 years of rule by the moderately leftist Peronist government, the balance of power seems to be changing.


Roberts says:


“Argentina’s elections on Sunday demonstrate that the country’s Peronist and anti-Peronist political blocs are evenly balanced after 12 years of rule by the moderately leftist Peronist governments of Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

“As the country moves toward a second round run-off election between the Peronist candidate Daniel Scioli and conservative leader Mauricio Macri, the balance of power appears to lie in a large block of dissident Peronists who gave over 20 percent of the vote to a third candidate.

“The Kirchner governments oversaw an impressive recovery of the Argentine economy from a financial crisis and severe recession in 2001-02, but recent declines in global commodity prices, lingering conflicts with international creditors, and an economic slowdown raise questions on the inheritance the new government will receive.”



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